Summer Reading Check-In

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but summer is almost half over. When did that happen?

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was complaining about having to wear a coat every day, and now I’m wishing that it was a little cooler so I could wear my denim jacket again. It always happens like that, and I hate it! I have all these thoughts about wanting to enjoy the seasons and then when they change and come to their most extremes, I just want the next one to come around. To be fair, summer in New York City is hard. Since we don’t tend to use cars on a regular basis, our options are either walking or the subway — neither of which is especially attractive when it’s humid and in the mid-nineties. Yuck!

But enough of my weather tirade… let’s talk about summer reading!

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Since we’ve reached the halfway point of the season, I thought it was about time that I do a little reflecting on my summer reading. This is hardly a hot take, but summer tends to be one of my favorite times of the year for digging into lots of books, for knocking titles off my TBR. Any time I get the opportunity to steal out of this icky NYC heat to a place where I can sit in the shade (or better yet, on a beach or near a pool), I somehow find myself powering through a few hundred pages in just a sitting or two. There’s nothing better than that!

So far this summer, I can’t say I’ve had that experience very much. Most of the travel we’ve had has been wedding-related, so there hasn’t been much time to spare with a book! There are a few trips planned for August, and I’m really hoping to squeeze in some of that hardcore reading time. I’m craving it!

All of this has been a kind of roundabout way to explain that my summer reading so far has been kind of… lame. My SSR recording schedule has been all over the map, too, so it’s been hard for me to find any consistency with reading “adult” books. That being said, there are a few titles that I’ve really loved! I’m not sure that I would call these typical “beach reads” (I have a few of those set aside for July and August!), but I would highly recommend them all.

This is hands-down my favorite book of the year so far (which you DEFINITELY already know if you follow me on bookstagram), and it was a great way to kick off my summer of reading. I think this is an important book for everyone to read. It gave me such an interesting perspective on the immigrant experience and the way it continues to affect families throughout multiple generations. The writing is also fantastic. Cannot recommend A Woman Is No Man enough!

I’ve been on a bit of a non-fiction kick lately, and I especially enjoyed this one. It’s full of wild stories about the specific ways in which social media has changed what it means to be a teenager in the U.S. Honestly, it’s pretty shocking. All of the reporting that Nancy Jo Sales did to write this book was impressive, and it made me want to read more non-fiction titles by investigative journalists and written like this. It reminded me a lot of Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, which is one of my all-time favorite non-fiction reads.

I wouldn’t normally include an SSR title in a round-up like this (mostly because I’m trying to mix things up a little more here on the blog!), but I’m going to have to make an exception… because rereading this book was that. good. You’ll get to tune in to the podcast episode on which we discuss it next week (it drops 7/23), but in the meantime, I fully endorse it as an addition to your summer reading list. It’s a heavy read, for sure — even more than I remembered — but so beautiful and affecting.

Remember when I said I was on a non-fiction kick? Told ya so! My book club chose this as our July pick and I’m so glad we did, because I’m not sure I would have selected it for myself otherwise. One of my reading goals for 2019 was to diversify my reading — particularly in the non-fiction space — and it’s thanks to books like this that I’m picking up steam toward accomplishing it. I didn’t know much about the Theranos scandal before Bad Blood, but the book has made me excited to learn everything there is to know about it!

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this summer? Tell me all about your summer reading on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

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